Abseiling in to start the climb American Beauty HVS 5a on Lundy.
Abseil above American Beauty HVS 5a on Lundy.

A small team from Hatt Adventures (Tom Hatt, Kyle Holman, Joe Fraser and photographer Tim Taylor) as well as a number of other enthusiastic climbers visited the granite sea cliffs of Lundy for a weeks worth of climbing. It was Tom’s third trip to Lundy and was the first for many of the team, and Lundy didn’t disappoint, it provided a dramatic and exciting climbing experience enforced by the relentless crashing of waves on the rocks below.

Puffin's Parade VS 4c, Lundy Island, the climbers are Kyle and Tim.
Tim and Kyle on Puffin’s Parade VS 4c, Lundy Island.

As soon as the boat landed the team grabbed their climbing rack and headed for the cliffs to get a climb in before it got dark. There was no holding these guys back and they started as they meant to go on with the gang putting up a new route ‘TT traverse’ (Severe) on Kitisvain Buttress on the South Coast of the island.

Abseiling in to American Beauty HVS 5a on Lundy
Joe abseiling in to American Beauty HVS 5a on Lundy

The rest of the week saw some great climbs including classics such as ‘Hot Rod’ (VS 4c), ‘Formula One’ (HVS 5a), Devils Slide (HS 4a) and ‘Satan’s Slip’ (E1 5a) and they even managed to spend the evenings in the local tavern with Lundy veteran, musical maestro and all round climbing legend Mick Cooke from Entre-Prises climbing walls. To top it all off the team put up another new route near the Devils Limekiln – this was provisionally named ‘Gardening the Muffin’ and estimated to be HVS 4b.

By Tom Hatt